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: Don't you sometimes hate yourself? Joe Gillis
: May I say that you smell really special? Betty Schaefer
: It must be my new shampoo. Joe Gillis
: That's no shampoo. It's more like freshly-laundered linen handkerchiefs, like a brand new automobile. How old are you anyway? Betty Schaefer
: Twenty-two. Joe Gillis
: Smart girl. Nothing like being twenty-two.
: Oh, I'm sorry, Mr. Gillis, but I just didn't think it was any good. I found it flat and trite. Joe Gillis
: Exactly what kind of material do you recommend? James Joyce? Dostoyevsky? Betty Schaefer
: I just think that pictures should say a little something. Joe Gillis
: Oh, one of the message kids. Just a story won't do. You'd have turned down Gone With the Wind. Sheldrake
: No, that was me. I said, "Who wants to see a Civil War picture?"
: I've been hoping to run into you. Joe Gillis
: What for? To recover that knife you stuck in my back?
: Where have you been keeping yourself? I've got the most wonderful news for you. Joe Gillis
: I haven't been keeping myself at all, lately.
: Oh, the old familiar story. You help a timid little soul cross a crowded street, she turns out to be a multimillionaire and leaves you all her money. Joe Gillis
: That's the trouble with you readers, you know all the plots
: Perhaps the reason I hated "Bases Loaded" is that I knew your name. I'd always heard you had some talent. Joe Gillis
: That was last year. This year I'm trying to earn a living.
: Are you hungry? Joe Gillis
: Hungry? After 12 years in a Burmese jungle, I'm starving, Lady Agatha, starving for a white shoulder. Betty Schaefer
: Philip you're mad. Joe Gillis
: Thirsting for the coolness of your lips.
: I'll get us a refill of this horrible liquid. Joe Gillis
: You'll be waiting for me? Betty Schaefer
: With a wildly beating heart! Joe Gillis
: Life can be beautiful.
: So, you take plot 27A, make is glossy, make it slick? Sheldrake
: Eh-eh-eh-eh. Those are dirty words. You sound like a bunch of New York critics.
: That'll be all Miss Kramer - Scaefer. Betty Schaefer
: Goodbye, Mr. Gillis. Joe Gillis
: Next time I'll write you "The Naked and the Dead".
: Just so you don't think I'm a complete swine, if there's anything in 'Dark Windows' you can use - take it, it's all yours. Betty Schaefer
: Well, for heavens sake. Come on in, have a chair. Joe Gillis
: I mean it. Its no good to me anyway. Help yourself. Betty Schaefer
: Now, why should you do that? Joe Gillis
: If you get a hundred thousand for it, you buy me a box of chocolate creams. If you get an Oscar, I get the left foot.
: I think you should throw out all that psychological mess - exploring the killers sick mind. Joe Gillis
: Psychopaths sell like hotcakes!
: I had ten years of dramatic lessons, diction, dancing. Then, the studio made a test. Well, they didn't like my nose - slanted, this way a little. So, I went to a doctor and had it fixed. They made more tests and they were crazy about my nose. Only, they didn't like my acting.
: I got a telegram from Artie. Joe Gillis
: From Artie? What's wrong? Betty Schaefer
: He wants me to come out to Arizona. He says it only costs two dollars to get married there. It would kinda save us a honeymoon.